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Dead academic year looms as Uganda confirms 1st Coronavirus death

KAMPALA- Ugandan pupils and students in different schools and other educational institutions risk staying home for the rest of this year as Uganda registers first coronavirus death.

While delivering his 19th address on Coronavirus on Tuesday night July 20th 2020, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni told Ugandans that the government is currently weighing on a number of options from which they will base to make a final decision regarding the reopening of education institutions.

According to Museveni, some of the options include declaring a dead year if the vaccine is not found or allowing only final year students to resume studies amidst Coronavirus pandemic.

The President also revealed that the government will announce its decision before September, a period when third term for schools normally starts.

“For education, I do not want to declare a dead-year yet because a lot of scientists are working on the vaccine and it may come sooner than later. Let us give it a month and focus on distance learning,” the President said.

“With the schools, we have to make a decision before September because that is when the 3rd term is supposed to start. This is a big issue. We are going to put a lot of emphasis on distance learning like providing radios to learners.” President Museveni added.

Education institutions were directed to close on March 20th 2020 in a bid to save 15 Million Ugandans from easy spread and dying of the novel coronavirus.

The closure of these institutions did not go well with the private staffs who are currently struggling to survive.

The President in the same address advised the Ugandans to acquire soft loans so that they can develop themselves before promising to contribute UGX 2Bn to their SACCO.

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